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bestiality

[bes-chee-al-i-tee, bees-] /ˌbɛs tʃiˈæl ɪ ti, ˌbis-/
noun, plural bestialities.
1.
brutish or beastly character or behavior; beastliness.
2.
indulgence in beastlike appetites, instincts, impulses, etc.
3.
an instance of bestial character or behavior.
4.
sexual relations between a person and an animal; sodomy.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English bestial(i)te (< Anglo-French, Middle French) < Medieval Latin bēstiālitās. See bestial, -ity
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bestiality

/ˌbɛstɪˈælɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
bestial behaviour, character, or action
2.
sexual activity between a person and an animal
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Word Origin and History for bestiality
n.

late 14c., "the nature of beasts," from bestial + -ity. Meaning "indulgence in beastly instincts" is from 1650s; sense of "sexual activity with a beast" is from 1611 (KJV).

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bestiality in Medicine

bestiality bes·ti·al·i·ty (běs'chē-āl'ĭ-tē, bēs'-)
n.

  1. The quality or condition of being an animal or like an animal.

  2. Conduct or an action marked by depravity or brutality.

  3. Sexual relations between a human and an animal.

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Encyclopedia Article for bestiality

sexual relations between a human being and an animal. Although the practice is illegal in most countries, occasional zoophilic encounters are fairly common, especially in rural areas, where 17 percent of U.S. males in the Kinsey report of 1948 acknowledged sexual experience with animals at least once. Sexual contacts between women and animals occur less frequently.

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